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Erica Sturla Biography February 5 2012

Meet the artists

Take a look at one of Advocate art’s newest artists Erica Sturla who creates all her work using polymer clay. She moulds characters, animals and objects to make these humorous scenes. We love her style and know her illustrations will make fab greeting cards as well art for licensing. Read on to find out more about her, and to see more of Erica’s work click here to visit her portfolio on the Advocate website.

I was born in 1966 in Gillingham, Kent. My childhood was punctuated with several moves around the country and daunting first days at new schools. I have now settled with my family beside the sea in Worthing, Sussex.

My early years were spent drawing, painting, making picture books, watching Camberwick Green and and fashioning mice out of felt. Later, I studied Fashion Illustration and Journalism at Epsom school of Art & Design and worked for many years as a graphic designer.

For me, the vital ingredients in an illustration or painting are colour, energy and a sense of fun. I’ve always admired the work of Quentin Blake and Beryl Cook as they seem to achieve all three things effortlessly!

In 2000, I discovered polymer clay and have been playing with this amazing medium ever since. I now devote most of my time to creating polymer clay figures in original paintings for galleries around the UK and designing greetings cards. My “One Lump or Two?” range was launched in January 2011 and, excitingly, was a finalist in the Henries awards in the same year.